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#1 uknlv18


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Posted 27 January 2011 - 04:08 PM

Hi all,

I love to crochet and do needlepoint, but with my skin on my hands getting so tight I am finding it nigh on to impossible to do these things without getting terrible cramps. Does anyone have any suggestions of ways to hold your yarn or things I can do to perhaps get around these issues?


#2 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 05:00 PM

Hi Jean,

I love needlework too and scleroderma hand involvement doesn't make it a lot of fun sometimes. For crocheting, have you tried those foam tubes that slide on over the shaft of the hook? Having the fatter and softer handle seems to help.

For needlepoint, I used to do the in-and-out in one motion (sliding the needle under 2 threads of the canvas and then pulling it through) but had to switch to the stab method. I stab with one hand, pull the needle to back, insert it where it needs to come out with the other hand, then pull it through with the 'top' hand. Did that make sense? I also started using a floor stand that takes various sized of frames/hoops and that makes a big difference too. I think you could also try a pair of jeweler's pliers with nylon jaws to hold finer needlepoint needles - they are available at most craft and hobby shops, especially the ones that sell beads, etc.

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 01:57 AM

I am only a "creative crocheter" which means I don't know how to follow instructions so I don't know how valuable anything I can offer would be. But I know there are plastic tubes to go over pens and such to make a larger object to grip. They are for people with arthritis or such. There are lots of companies who sell adaptive devices like this- I bet they would have something to help with a crochet hook.
I have made something like that by using latex tape wrapped around things. The latex tape can be bought at any drug store.

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 03:30 PM

Thanks I will give the tubes or make my own wrapping I think that will help a lot. As for the needle point I have got a holder that you sit on and it 'holds' the needlework for you, but the tension is funny on the part that holds the cloth. But I will look into perhaps modifying it and or getting a new floor model. Thanks for the suggestions and also thanks Jeannie for the link you PM'd me! Not sure why I didn't think of the thicker needle for crochet :blush:


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Posted 04 February 2011 - 01:52 PM

Hello Jean

I have no experience of needle crafts but do get cramp if my hands get cold because of the Raynaud's so remember to keep your hands warm whilst you do your thing.

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